This is Gyro Park in the 1960s - now it is known as Cadboro Gyro Park. It is located in Saanich and is listed as 'one of Victoria's nicest and best known ocean beaches'.
This complex was the centre of Victoria's community events. The building boasted two full ballroom dance floors, a gymnasium, tea room, and Turkish baths. This was the place to go for beauty contests, business conferences, art shows and even military training exercises.
In 1971 it was closed and later handed over to the Province and placed under the Provincial Capital Commission’s stewardship. It reopened in 1980 as a tropical garden and conservation centre. The garden exhibit closed in 2004 and reopened as a privately operated multi media attraction about the British Columbia experience. That ran from June to September 2006.
Wooded Wonderland at Beaver Lake. Now it is referred to as Elk/Beaver Lake and is a haven for nature seekers from everywhere.
St. Ann's Academy. Construction started on this building in 1871 and was designed by Joseph Michaud and was executed by Charles Vereydhen, an architect born in Belgium. This
former Catholic girl's school is as old as the province - 1871 was the year BC became a Canadian province. (The website for the academy is filled with information if you are interested.)
Construction on St. Joseph's Hospital started in 1875. And many years later a very special event happened there - my mother was born in this hospital. It is also associated with the Sisters of St. Ann's who were associated with St. Ann's Academy.
This band formed in the seventies and is still together today.
The Victoria Cougars were a Pacific Coast Hockey Association ice hockey team. The Cougars were the last non-NHL team to win the Stanley Cup - they won it in 1925 - and the last west coast team to win the cup until the Anaheim Ducks won in 2007. Interesting stuff.
I have more photos but I'll show them another time. For now I hope you find the beauty around you.
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